By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Early deficits didn’t deter the Carl Albert softball team last week at their home festival.
The Lady Titans earned a pair of walk off wins last weekend at the Choctaw/Carl Albert Festival.
After losing their first game to Tuttle on Friday afternoon, Carl Albert finished off with a pair comeback wins over Moore and Yukon on Saturday.
Bailey Rusche hit a walk-off single against Moore, and Kaylee Davis delivered the winning RBI single against Yukon later in the day.
“We’ve been struggling trying to end games and finish strong and that just proved that we have what it takes to get to October,” Shelby Rusche said.
On Saturday morning, Carl Albert trailed Moore for much of the game. The Lady Titans rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the 5-4 win.
Davis walked and Ausha Moore doubled, putting runners in scoring position. Shelby Rusche hit a line double to left, scoring Daivs and Moore. After a walk to Merrick Collier, Arianna Harmon tied the game 4-4 with an RBI single to left.
Bailey Rusche then ended the game with an infield single, scoring her sister Shelby for the 5-4 win.
“I was trying to hit it on the ground and get a run in to win the game,” Bailey said.
Shelby Rusche was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. She also helped turn a double play in the top of the sixth. With one out, she tracked down a fly ball in foul territory near third base, and then rifled the ball to her sister at the plate for the double play to end the inning.
“I’m all about finishing the play, I love those types of plays,” Shelby said. “I knew that runner was going to go and I knew my sister was going to be there to tag her out at home.”
Harmon was 3 for 4 at the plate and Moore had two hits.
Pitcher Madison Ethridge allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks.
Carl Albert also rallied from three down to beat Yukon 4-3.
The Millerettes built a three-run lead early in the game. Carl Albert finally broke their silence at the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three-run blast by Moore. Her home run to left tied the game at 3-all.
Kynlee Sutton pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth.
With two outs, Michaela Beal walked and Londyn McNair reached on an error. The next batter, Davis hit an infield single to score Beal for the 4-3 win.
Sutton was the winning pitcher, as she tossed six innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits.
Davis went 2 for 4 at the plate with one RBI. Moore homered and drove in three runs.
Carl Albert lost to Tuttle 1-0 on the first day of the festival. The Lady Tigers scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and held Carl Albert scoreless the rest of the way.
The Lady Titans also picked up another district win over Del City 23-4 on Thursday night. Reser went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Davis was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with an RBI.
Katie Norton, Sutton and Haylee Ringwald all pitched in the win.
Carl Albert faced Noble and El Reno earlier in the week. They will host Noble again on Monday.
“It took every single one of us to win the game,” Bailey Rusche said. “Our chemistry was there and we all had to hit together and play as a team.”